Marisa from Creative Thursday interviewed me in her podcast today, which quickly became more of a relaxed, very informal discussion than a Q & A session. I wanted to say hello to all of you, talk about blogging in general and why putting your voice out there is so important, tips on jumping from your day job into the world of freelance, or at least, how to enjoy your current day job a little more.
This was a lot of fun for me because it’s my first podcast and I wasn’t sure of the questions she’d ask, but Marisa asked great ones and before we got started, she encouraged me to ramble and just roll with it, so despite how casual it is and my frequent sniffles, I really hope you enjoy it and take away something positive for yourself. Here’s the podcast…
psst: Remember the post, How do you feel about your blog? Well, Marisa and I will discuss this topic at length by addressing reader questions and pulling in the comments of other bloggers (maybe you’d like to get involved?) on the topic of blogging, taking yours to the next level, building a better blog, etc. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but I think that our combined experience, along with the participation of other bloggers out there, we’ll be able to give you something that will work for you. I can’t wait — we’re targeting May, stay tuned!
Thank you, Marisa!
Joy reminds us that when it comes to decorating, sometimes we need to go to the little people — the kids! She pointed out some of her PBteen Spring finds, so I linked over to their site and stumbled upon this mighty marlin. I can just hear the animal rights activist’s now. But it’s completely faux, so no worries. I simply want to know, would you add the catch ‘o the day to your adult space, or tuck him in with the kids (he is also available as a she, in pink). Hot or not? Should we throw him back in?
When I spotted this thing, I had flashbacks of That 70′s Show, but for some reason, my thoughts weren’t entirely negative because I felt as though I’d viewed our finned friend in a very chic living space before. Then it came to me — I have an image tucked away in one of my inspiration books. Domino. Jan/Feb ’06 issue. Got it! Although homeowners Genifer Goodman and Benjamin Sohr sport a sailfish (you can own a fishy fiberglass replica just like it for $699), this kitschy $79 Marlin may work for you.
But wait! I know I spotted this living room elsewhere shot at a different angle. Ah, yes… Meg blogged about it over on Designer’s Library, she found it in BH+G magazine, May ’06. This image is from Ms. Meg, looks like she took a moment to scan it for a full view (Nice job, Meg!).
Here’s some more goodies from PBteen that may work for you if the fish doesn’t. Love the silver, pink, and blue vintage-style fans and these bubble glass lights, too. I double checked the measurements of the etagere (shown below) and it’s proper height for an adult space at 69″ h (I thought it may be kiddie size, but it’s not).
You can’t deny the appeal of these $15 (on sale) task lights. Aren’t these cute? I’d love one on a teak credenza. I think it would look so cute on a wood surface in a mid-century style space.
(images from pbteen, designer’s library, and domino)
Mark your calendars! April 22nd is the big day for budget shoppers with an eye for good design because that’s when designers for Target debut their new collections for Spring/Summer. And, fingers crossed, I’m hoping the O’Brien and Hagan lines are made as well as they look. (You can pre-order lots of items on the Target website, although I will make a trip to the store so I can test drive things for myself).
Judging from a recent magazine spread, I’m thinking Victoria Hagan will grab and hold my attention for the next few months with her strong, yet soft, pastel color palette, geometric prints (love the trellis she’s using), and the octagonal mirror she’ll soon launch to hungry design-savvy shoppers everywhere. I hope these pillows feel as good as they look, because for $29, I’d snap ‘em up for sure.
If you don’t know that much about Ms. Hagan, Style at Home out of Canada interviewed her a few years back and it’s quite a good read. Here’s a glimpse of some of her interior spaces. She’s been in the biz for 20+ years, so the lady has quite a portfolio as you can imagine. Classic, chic, stylish, and yet very casual and cozy.
More art on walls to share today, this time it’s the space of fellow blogger, Laura from the Orange Beautiful blog. Thank you for taking the time to email me Laura, and to go the extra mile by posting about it on your own blog to inspire your readers. It’s great to see everyone sharing ideas and enjoying the unique, personal space that they call home.
“Here is my favorite art wall, that contains (among other things) a screenprint purchased in Tokyo, silhouettes of me and my husband, a picture from a photo booth taken in France (reminds me of Amelie!) and an original painting my sister-in-law gave us. All the frames are from either Ikea or Target” – Laura.
(image from orange beautiful)
Lynda from the all new Delight has a special offer for decor8 readers between now and May 15th. If you enter code DECOR8 upon checkout, your order total will be slashed by 20%. How cool is that? Here’s a few of my faves, that just so happen to be available for a limited time, so act fast before they slip away. I don’t even have a dog, and I want the dog canister…
Delight has some great finds in their store, and they update it daily with special offers that hit at noon (and often sell out immediately), so watch their site each day to see what’s new and to cash in on your 20% discount. Thanks so much, Lynda and congrats on the new site!
(images from delight.com)